Steampunk Spells Shadow Box Collage


Hello there Peeps! I’m just as excited as I can be because I get to share a project that’s been under wraps for a while and today is the big day! I am normally the card maker but I also really love to create shadow boxes and altered art…so here is my take on a Steampunk Spells Shadow Box! Our assignment from Graphic 45 was to choose 3 Core’dinations Cardstock colors and be inspired a  G45  paper collection. I chose Bon Voyage, Photogenic, and Sweet Apricot.SPS Collage 1

I had so much fun working on this collage. It was quite a challenge in our little small town to find steampunk accents…so I had to create my own. I made the wheels out of plastic washers, the little knobs you add to the bottom of furniture legs, tiny gears and brads then painted them with metallic nail polish. The hardware store had a nice variety of bit and pieces that I painted to match.

SPS Collage2The main base is the 12×12 matchbook box and I added a second matchbook box to the corner for depth. I added loads of chipboard and fussy cut flowers as well as a vintage key and a lamp knob to make it look like an antique pull toy.

SPS Collage 3More chippies and tags for this corner…and more gears and washers.  This was a great way to anchor the corner and add a banner.

SPS Collage 4This little “bookshelf” is actually a super tiny chest of drawers found at a local discount store….I just removed the drawers and painted it black then layered on the fabulous paper patterns. I used the stamps to look like family photos in a bookshelf. More wheels here and some painted metal furniture corners.

SPS Collage 5Here are those drawers….used to hold more paper pretties. I think the add balance to the collage.

SPS Collage 1Inside there’s elebenty hundred layers of images, chippies, fussy cut flowers, dimensional balloons and tags. I really love how this turned out and it will be joining my favorite Halloween decor as the centerpiece of my mantle display!

Supply List:

My 3 Core’dination Cardstock Colors

Bon Voyage


Sweet Apricot

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Frightful Folly

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Tick-Tock

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Pumpkin Power

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells  Steampunk Spells

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Vintage Voyage

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Fanciful Floral

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells

Graphic 45 French Country Grandeur

Graphic 45 Le’ Romantique Celebration

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Stickers

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Banners

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Graphic 45  12 x 12 Matchbook Box

Graphic 45 small Matchbook Box

Small wooden chest of drawers

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Americana Black Paint

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot

Metal gears and assorted findings

Antique key   


Challenge #12 at Craft Hoarders Anonymous


Well hey there Peeps! It’s time again for another fun challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!

Challenge #12 Who’s the Boss?
Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra-thick embossing enamel. You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard! Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!

Here’s my take on the challenge:IMG_3691I used my Crafter’s Companion embossing folder to create texture and detail. After rolling through the embosser I inked it to bring out great chevron pattern. I added a sweet sentiment from my Subway Art Sentiment Collage Sheet layered over a die cut frame. Background paper is from Bohemian Bazaar from Graphic 45. I used a rich chocolate brown to anchor the bright colors.

IMG_3692I created this frankenflower by combining parts from many other flowers until I had the size and shape I liked…and colored it all with my Spectrum Noir Markers. I wound a little eyelash yarn through and used a nice glitter on the edge to jazz it up a bit.  I inked the Turquoise Diamond Satin Ribbon  from Really Reasonable Ribbon to coordinate with my frankenflower then finished off with some blingy little gem accents.

Our fabulous and generous sponsors for this challenge have provided us with a prize for one lucky winner:


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Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter’s Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability.,

I invite you to stop on over and check out the projects shared by my fellow teamies…they are gonna knock your socks off!

Donna,Glenda,Gloria,Karen, Pam, Tammi, Amber,Christy, Debbie,Jan, Kathy.

Okay….that’s all for me…I’m wishing you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G





Not So Spooky Halloween Creativity Kits


Hello there Paper Peeps! It’s about that time of year when we are getting ready to gear up to prepare for the holidays. So that means we’ll be putting together some pretty fabulous kits just right for you to be creative with. Having fun and festive supplies on hand and ready for you to get your craft on ensures you will be ready when the inspiration hits.  

I’m starting out the gate with a Not So Spooky Halloween Creativity Kit….chock full of patterned papers, vintage images, and pre-tied Satin Bows. Of course I had to have a kit of my own to play with…so here is what I whipped up with the kit…a little cardstock and some bits and pieces from my scrap and salvage box:

IMG_3713IMG_3710IMG_3712IMG_3709IMG_3711IMG_3714I was able to complete 6 full sized cards with lots of pieces leftover …maybe I’ll whip up some tags too????  This kit is great to use to create cards, banners, for scrapbooking, or to make labels for some frightfully delicious tasty treats! These are some of my fav Halloween cards I made so far : )

If you’ve just gotta have a kit of your own to play with …hop on over HERE and pick up some crafty goodness : )


Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Live Love Laugh Card with Typography from Graphic 45


Hey there Paper Peeps!  I’m so excited that I have a card featured on todays post at Graphic 45. Along with sneak peaks of the new Christmas paper collection Twas the Night Before Christmas. I mean does it get any better??? Yes it does….they’re having a giveaway. Woot woot. Stay tuned at the end of the post for a link to hop over and get your name entered for a chance to win.

Without further ado….

lll1lll2lll3 Graphic 45 Typography Imagine

Graphic 45 Typography Typography

Graphic 45 Typography Inscribe

Graphic 45 Typography Dream

Worldwin Cardstock

Reasonable Ribbon

Mulberry Flowers

Forever in Time Felt Doily

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot

Glittery Photo Corners

Okay now for that link…..Graphic 45. Get yourself over there and enter for a chance to win some fabulous new Christmas papers!! Ohhh and don’t forget to leave me a little love for my card : )

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be create: ) G

New Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hey there Paper Peeps! It’s time again for another challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. The theme this time is Things with Wings and Ribbon.  I created a sympathy card with soft colors and patterned paper from Graphic 45. I also used an nice embossing folder to create texture.


I used Blue Topaz with Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon to create the bow.

IMG_3637Okay now it’s your turn to create a project and enter the Things with Wings Challenge.

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Blog Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hello there Paper Peeps! It’s time again for another fun Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

10308279_717292838322738_8108547784177054821_nThe design team are sharing the projects we created with the Ribbon Club Assortment for July:

Julylge_2014You should be coming to me from the  Reasonable Ribbons Blog. Make surew you start at the beginning so you don’t miss any of the awesomeness!

For my project I created a sweet card with lots of layers of patterned papers, ribbon and flowers, buttons and lace.

IMG_3662IMG_3663IMG_3664I used the Checkerboard Satin Delphinium and Danielle White Crochet Lace. They matched the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper patterns perfectly!

Your next stop in the hop is Carolyn. She has a super fabulous project to share. Don’t forget to leave her a little love…I know I will be!

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Sweet Cherries Notebook


Hey there Paper Peeps. I’m dropping in to share a sweet little notebook I created inspired by a fun cherry sticker : )

IMG_3616IMG_3617IMG_3618I added a fabulous bow made from Red Gingham Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Okay that’s all for me….I’m off to see what kind of trouble I can get into at the shop : ) Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lot’s of time to be creative :) G